Kate @gardenoflilacs ?active 1 year, 8 months ago
i’m not defending naomi wolf’s feminist theory and practice at large but i definitely support anyone coming out and speaking against pop mainstream stereotypes and misrepresentations/distortions, ESPECIALLY that of the military industrial complex. katy perry has her voice heard on being a woman in the military when there are thousands of voices that can speak [...]
i’m not defending naomi wolf’s feminist theory and practice at large but i definitely support anyone coming out and speaking against pop mainstream stereotypes and misrepresentations/distortions, ESPECIALLY that of the military industrial complex. katy perry has her voice heard on being a woman in the military when there are thousands of voices that can speak their own personal truths of being a female or male in the military. some support it, of course, some do NOT support it, of course, and all should be heard! as quoted in the article, Hollywood publicist Angie Meyer said: ’Naomi Wolf is a living, breathing contradiction. Her anti-military sentiments against the men and women fighting to defend the freedoms she exercises regularly, speech and protest, is absurd and disturbingly disgraceful.” the fact that men and women risk their lives, train to and in so many cases act on the murdering of innocent people, that many veterans return with PTSD and MST (military sexual trauma), among a host of other mental health issues (not ALL, but MANY) in the name of ”fighting to defend freedoms” is ABSURD and DISTURBINGLY DISGRACEFUL. this past month (march 2012) reports the lowest in death tolls in Iraq, 87 civilians, 22 policemen and 12 soldiers. the lowest in a 9 year war.
in the video there is a flashback (literally) during an invasion to a memory of her boyfriend and her shooting a water gun. maybe the video would have done the soldier’s character justice if they showed her in a writer’s group 2 years later, still in contract with the marines and unable to reclaim her own personal freedom, trying to process and figure out the death and destruction and trauma of combat. or at the VA, where she isn’t receiving the right treatment for her mental health needs. in the video, she dances underneath an american flag, saluting and singing. great, cut from violent warfare (portrayed like a shiny Hollywood movie) to a dance number under a flag, hand to the heart and all. and the whole process of her joining the military: boyfriend cheated, she’s angry, she sees a ”join the marines” bumper sticker at a GAS station and then jumps right into basic training. forget all the details. it’s that simple kids and you can do it too! the concepts surrounding female empowerment and the patriarchial violent ideology and practice of the US military is a conversation that we should all continue to have, rather than deem irrelevent. i just wish it didn’t always pop up in the hands of pop stars who don’t seem to make efforts to actually talk about their ”work”.
i love the idea of katy perry (and any pop artist) using her power as a popular entertainment figure to find ways to create herself as subject rather than blindly sexualize or objectify her image. but start with consciousness raising, not ascribing to stereotypes and false narratives that perpetuate the lies and misinformation that cover up what war actually is: trauma.
also, check out Iraq Veterans Against the War at http://www.ivaw.org